• Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: March 18, 2023
  • End Date: March 18, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Mixed Tapes, Playlists, and Soundtracks: Music in Fiction

First dances, road trips, and karaoke. Music can entertain, inspire, and console. In this class, we’ll investigate the role that music plays in fiction and how it can help us develop characters, settings, and scenes. We'll explore examples from Langston Hughes, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. While reading these expert writers, we'll examine and digest how to incorporate writing into our own work. Finally, we'll approach writing as readers and writers by incorporating conversation and writing exercises.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Michael Overa


Michael Overa was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and completed his MFA at Hollins University. He is a former Writers In The Schools Resident and Jack Straw Fellow. He's the author of two collections of short stories, This Endless Road and The Filled In Spaces. His work has appeared in the Portland Review, East Bay Review, and Inlandia, among others.